Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A European plant (Arum maculatum) having arrow-shaped leaves, a purple or sometimes yellowish spadix partially enclosed by a yellow-green spathe, and scarlet berries.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The wake-robin, Arum maculatum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a common European arum (Arum maculatum) with lanceolate spathe and short purple spadix; it emerges in early spring, and is the source of a sagolike starch called arum.
  • noun (Bot.) A plant of the genus Arum (Arum maculatum); the European wake-robin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun botany The flowering plant Arum maculatum that has arrow-shaped leaves and a cluster of scarlet berries.
  • noun botany The related plant Arum italicum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun common European arum with lanceolate spathe and short purple spadix; emerges in early spring; source of a starch called arum

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From obsolete cuckoopintle, from Middle English cokkupintel : cokku, cuccu, cuckoo; see cuckoo + pintel, penis (from the form of the spadix ); see pintle.]

Examples

  • The cuckoopint is an arum that appears in our woods in April, and is also known as lords-and-ladies, starch-root, Adam-and-Eve, bobbins and Wake Robin.

    The power of spring flowers

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